Cathy had always dreamed of getting married at sunrise by Sydney Harbour, so I got up at 4.30am, wrapped up warm, and conducted one of the most magical weddings to date.
With the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as backdrops, standing by the water is always spectacular. But at sunrise, when there is nobody else about (apart from the bridge security guards!), it’s even more breathtaking. It was also cold – just 7 degrees – so I was in a scarf and winter jacket. Joe was braver though, he took his jacket off for the wedding and stood in short sleeves!
Cathy told me, “We both love this location – it’s our favourite place in the world. We want to acknowledge the fact that this is where our lives are now. It’s where we got engaged, sunrise is our favourite time of the day, and it’s a symbolic time of day too.” And Joe said, “It’s also really romantic. It’s about just us two.”
And it was definitely an intimate wedding – just their two witnesses and me (in fact the bare minimum). But that was exactly how they wanted it. A few weeks earlier, they’d gone back to London and thrown a big party for family and friends. So the Sydney wedding was just about them. And the sunrise of course!
Afterwards Cathy emailed to say:
“The ceremony he wrote for us was incredibly special and customised to represent everything we are as a couple. It exactly what we wanted and he was a joy to work with from start to finish. Thank you Stephen!”
Joe and Cathy were married in Bradfield Park, North Sydney.